Small Details of “Pedestrian Error” at Menaul and University NE

Having finished my first round of research of Albuquerque Police Department reports on 2017-2018 walking fatalities, I can report that many of the lives ended by these incidents were anything but smooth and often troubled. As noted sometime back, it makes sense given that we have made walking our roadways so unsafe that only those… Read More Small Details of “Pedestrian Error” at Menaul and University NE

City of Albuquerque to Go Tactical Urbanist at Santa Clara/Columbia

What is to be done regarding the curious intersection of Columbia and Santa Clara SE? The latest attempt, of several over the years, to find an agreeable remedy for speeding  traffic and various aspects of bad driving at the infamous intersection will have a decided “tactical urbanism” twinge.  Culminating a long process of input and… Read More City of Albuquerque to Go Tactical Urbanist at Santa Clara/Columbia

The absurdity of the “school crossing guard”

The absurdity of the “school crossing guard” is a striking admission. We’ve built transportation systems that are unsafe for routine non-motorized use. But we’ve decided that one particular group of non-motorized users – our children – are worthy of special protection from this hazard we routinely accept, during a few narrow windows of time in… Read More The absurdity of the “school crossing guard”

Person Killed in Crash Between Speeder/Drunk Driver Forgotten, So Far

You might remember the legal aftermath from the 6/17/18 crash between a verified drunk driver and speeding driver at Montgomery Blvd. and Pan-American Freeway. The crash resulted, via unclear circumstances, in the death of Carlos Medrano-Olivas. The deceased was either walking or skateboarding in the vicinity and the violent collision between a legally impaired Valerie… Read More Person Killed in Crash Between Speeder/Drunk Driver Forgotten, So Far

Little Google Reasons Why Bike Maps Matter

I’m headed to the Victory Hills Neighborhood Association meeting tonight, despite not living in that neighborhood, because that Association rocks in terms of traffic studies and making its streets more walkable. It’s a wondrous organization. Here’s the route Google Maps feels is “best” for cyclists getting to Loma Linda Community Center, host to the meeting:… Read More Little Google Reasons Why Bike Maps Matter

Walking Lost in the “We’re Not Amsterdam” Shuffle

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management put out an April 2018 report entitled “Cycling Facts” authored by the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis. Here’s the cover and typical photo from this short, easy-to-read, yet info/chart-filled report: An American’s first reaction to the photos above is most likely a repetition of the oft-uttered “We’re… Read More Walking Lost in the “We’re Not Amsterdam” Shuffle